- Silver Feather
The road through the Whispering Woods to Phandalin
Gundren Rockseeker hires four adventurers to escort a shipment to a new settlement.
Along the road the adventurers discover the bodies of two horses slain by black-fletched arrows. Ambrosia and Valinor move forward to investigate and nearly die in a goblin ambush before Caiside and Silver Feather move forward and the recombined party slays the goblins.
Looking around, Silver Feather discovers well-used tree stands and piles of old bones, indicating the goblins have been using this tactic for some time. From the uppermost stand, he sees a hill to the northeast.
Exploring the other side of the path, Caiside locates a purpose-cut trail leading to the hill.
In examining the goblins’ corpses, Valifor finds one of the goblins to have an insignia carved into its chest: a mountain with a toothed mouth.
One of the slain horses bears saddlepacks with Gundren’s mark upon them indicating the animal belonged to him, though whether the beast was his mount or another’s is uncertain.
After dismantling the stands and lashing the goblins’ corpses to the trees, the party elects to continue on and arrives at Phandalin just as the sun sets and a full moon lights the village. The presence of a half-dragon and bird-man elicits some reaction from the locals, though not the furor one would expect in the more “civilized” regions of Callain.
Elmar Barthen takes receipt of the shipment and provides payment in full. He seems somewhat agitated that Gundren did not arrive ahead of the shipment and confirms that Phandalin faces numerous troubles.
In putting together various clues, it seems possible the goblins captured Gundren and took him back to their hideout, either at the aforementioned hill or at a location known to Caiside.
After a brief discussion, the party splits apart to see to their individual needs.